NSW Government agencies must use whole-of-government contracts and mandated prequalification schemes for obtaining the goods or services to which they apply. This is set out by Procurement Board Direction 2012-02.
Where there is no NSW Government contract or mandated scheme, agencies can do their own procurement or use other agencies' arrangements.
Requirements vary according to the value and risk of the procurement. Please see Procurement Board Direction 2016-01.
Some exceptions include:
- purchases from disability employment organisations
- purchases up to $250,000 from Aboriginal businesses on prequalification schemes for goods and services, per the Aboriginal Procurement Policy
- purchases up to $50,000 directly from a small business, per the SME and Regional Procurement Policy
- purchases up to $10,000 from any supplier, per the SME and Regional Procurement Policy.